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New Alumni Programming Expands Opportunities for Graduates

2019 graduates of the Free Minds program in Austin, TX line up for their ceremony

This summer’s launch of the Inflection Points Seminar, “Time, Memory, and Transformation: Restoring the Salish Sea,” offered through Antioch University with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, marked the first time that Clemente graduates nationally have been able to take ongoing classes together, regardless of their location. A new roster of offerings this fall will expand these opportunities.

Clemente’s alumni programming aims to create new ways for graduates to engage in intellectual exploration and build community, and in some cases earn more college credits as well. All programming is free to participants, offered virtually, and open to any Clemente graduate.

Each month, the Clemente Conversations series will bring in a faculty member or expert alum to present on a topic and lead a discussion. Topics range from environmental justice to W.E.B. DuBois to the connection between creativity and community engagement. Plus, a partnership with PBS’s POV independent film series will enable us to screen and discuss a documentary with its film team.

A semester-long class will interrogate the creative process, looking at contemporary artists like Kehinde Wiley, Lynda Barry, and Poet Laureate Ada Limón while working through the seminal creativity manual, The Artist’s Way. And this winter, our next Inflection Points Seminar will focus on environmental humanities.

We’ve long known that graduating from a Clemente Course marks the beginning of a journey, not the end of one. Our new alumni programming expands the ways that journey can continue.

Graduates can learn more about course offerings on our website and subscribe to our alumni network newsletter for updates.

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